Let’s take a deep dive into Megan Fox’s roller-coaster ride through stardom and her triumphant return on her own terms.
On Friday the 16th of May 1986, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Megan Denise Fox was welcomed into the world by her parents, Gloria Darlene and Franklin Thomas Fox.
The world wasn't prepared for the fiery Fox that had just arrived on the scene.
Fox's ancestry is quite the melting pot! While she's mainly of English descent, she has a mix of German, Northan Irish, French, Scottish, Welsch, and, Powhatan Native American ancestry.
Apparently, Megan’s great (plus 5 more 'greats') grandmother was a descendent of the Powhatan tribe, which made her half Native American.
Megan wasn't the only daughter in the fox household. Her older sister, Kristi Branim Fox, was born 13 years earlier. Quite the age gap! We're sure Kristi had a lot of wisdom to impart to her younger sister.
Pictured here is Kristi, her two sons, and Megan all gussied up for Halloween!
Fox spent her first few years of life in the relatively rural Rockwood area in Tennessee.
The city's motto is 'The place to be in Tennessee'. Hmmm, we wonder if Megan agreed.
Little Fox, Big Dreams
At two years old, we all had big dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up. Be it an astronaut, a princess, or a cowboy. Unfortunately for most of us, these dreams never really materialize as we get older.
However, at 2 years old, after watching the "The Wizard of Oz" Megan knew that she wanted to be an actress. Now that's some powerful positive thinking!
Gloria and Franklin
Megan's father Franklin, worked as a parole officer while her mother Gloria, was a real estate agent.
Unfortunately, their marriage soured and the couple divorced when Megan was three years old.
Dance Dance Revolution
When Megan was 5, she began taking dance and drama classes at the local community center in Tennessee.
This is where Fox learned some fancy footwork and grew her confidence as a performer. Her favorite dance style was ballet which required a lot of discipline.
Gloria's New Love
Gloria eventually found love again and married a man by the name of Tony Tonachio. Megan's mother's remarriage had big ramifications for the Fox sisters, as they moved from their childhood home in Tennesse to live with Tony in St Petersburg, Florida. Luckily, Megan continued to work on her creative skills even after the big move.
Pictured here are Megan and momma-Fox Gloria all grown up!
While Megan was brought up in a devout pentecostal home, after her mother's remarriage, the religious reigns loosened slightly (emphasis on slightly).
Under the Tonachio roof, there were strict rules for Megan and her sister to abide by which included: no dating and no having friends over.
For the next 12 years, Megan attended a Catholic Middle School and then attended Morningside Academy in Port St.Lucie and St Lucie West Centennial High School until eventually opting for an online school for her final schooling years.
Fox has been quite outspoken saying that the traditional way of schooling never really suited her.
ADHD & OCD
Megan has been very candid about the challenges she faced growing up with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
It can make the (already difficult) task of making friends in high school even more challenging.
Besides not connecting with the method of teaching, Megan also struggled socially at school.
The self-proclaimed high school outcast struggled to make friends and was bullied extensively. Megan has said she thinks a combination of her dreams of stardom and her hyper-activeness (in part due to her struggles with ADHD and OCD) made her an easy target for unkind teens.
When she was 13, Megan gave the world of modeling a whirl.
Well, she excelled, even bagging several awards at the 1999 American modeling and Talent Convention in South Carolina.
In showbiz, it's a right of passage to have a very unglamorous first job. Megan was no exception.
To get one of her first paychecks, she worked at a smoothie shop. Doesn't sound so bad! Until you find out that once a week she had to dress up as a banana and stand on the side of the highway. We would've banana-split out of there!
First Shot at Stardom
Megan fulfilled every 2000s teen girl's dream of appearing in a movie with none other than the Olsen twins! Fox's first real role had her playing Brianna Wallace, an entitled heiress in "Holiday in the Sun." Sure it wasn't a critical success and it went straight to DVD, but landing her first role with powerhouses like the Olsen twins was certainly a big achievement for Fox!
Plus, Megan recalled being taken out on a chartered yacht by the Olsen twins and getting a peek into their glamourous closets. Sounds like a great holiday in the sun to us!
For the next few years after her "Holiday in The Sun" gig, Megan was a guest star on a couple of TV shows.
Some honorable mentions include "What I Like About You," "Ocean Avenue," "The Help," and " Two and a Half Men." Like every starlet starting out, she gained valuable acting experience from these smaller roles.
Just a Teenage Drama Queen
Megan's next big role and her first film (not straight to DVD) role was playing the high school villain, Carla Santini, to Lindsay Lohan's drama queen character, Lola Steppe.
She once again landed a film with a millennial icon like Lohan, which helped raise her star status.
Megan was often typecast as a "mean girl" in her earlier roles. In an interview with the New York Times, Fox chalked the typecasting up to Hollywood's preference for blonde female leads at the time.
Megan's brunette hair would then often land her in the opposing villain role opposite the blonde protagonist.
"Hope & Faith" & Love
The sisterhood-centered sitcom, "Hope & Faith" was not only where Megan got her first regular recurring role in a sitcom, but it was also where she would meet her first husband, Brian Austin Green.
Fox played Sydney Shanowski in the series. Green made a guest appearance on the episode "9021-Uh-Oh" where he played himself, a former "90210" star.
Relationship Roller Coaster Ride
To say that Megan and Brian's relationship was rocky would be an understatement. The two started dating in 2004 after meeting on the set of "Hope & Faith" and were engaged by November 2016.
Unfortunately, the pair ended their engagement in February 2009. However, much like the sitcom characters they played, their '"on-again-off-again" romance meant that they reunited once more in 2010. Life truly does imitate art!
Call My Agent!
Megan eventually signed with a big-time Hollywood agent to propel her career forward.
Well she knew how to pick 'em because the first audition her agent sent her on was none other than... "Transformers!" If that's not a Hollywood Cinderella story we don't know what is.
Megan's lead role as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 megablockbuster hit, "Transformers" catapulted her into stardom.
The film featured alien robots that mutate into cars, but the real focus was Fox's almost overnight transformation from an unknown name to a worldwide recognized celeb.
Very Bright Spotlight
The seismic shift of Megan's world into the public eye was overwhelming for the star. This is was exacerbated by the fact that she was only 21 at the time and that she wasn't fully aware of how popular the "Transformers" franchise would become.
While the attention at the time was mainly positive, Fox has said that the overnight fame left her "shellshocked."
The Angelina Jolie Angle
As soon as Fox made it big on the movie star radar, Hollywood did what it does best and compared the female stars to one another. In this case, Megan was compared to Angelina Jolie. While the stars share some similar physical traits and have at times been labeled as "outspoken", the comparison was unwelcomed by Megan.
Despite being a Jolie fan herself, Megan has made it clear exactly why she's not a fan of the constant comparison. For Fox, it boils it down to media outlets' laziness and inability to view the two women as separate entities.
Megan's star power was solidified when she was nominated for several awards for her breakout role in "Transformers."
She snagged three Teen Choice Awards nominations, which included Best Breakout Actress and an MTV Movie Award nomination for her Breakthrough Performance. Pretty impressive a newcomer!
Back at It Again
In 2009, Fox jumped right back into Mikaela Banes's shoes and reunited with her robot buddies for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
While the sequel outshined its predecessor at the box office and fans loved the next chapter in the "Transformers" trilogy, Megan's experience of working on the film with director Michael Bay proved to be challenging to say the least. Transformer-trouble was a-brewing!
In line with Megan's outspoken nature and courage to call people out, she made controversial statements when describing the difficult working environment on the set of the "Transformers" films under Michael Bay's direction.
Bay and his film crew did not take her public criticism lightly. Members of his crew even fired back at her statements with an open letter criticizing her on-set behavior.
In an interview with "WhoWhatWear," Fox revealed that during the Golden Globes 2009 awards ceremony, she had had one too many glasses of Moet champagne which lead her to say some outlandish comments on the red carpet.
Fox has since said that one of the reasons she doesn't like to drink anymore is due to her alcohol-infused public comments at Hollywood events.
Dark Side of the Movie Business
Unfortunately, speaking your mind about a director is often a one-way ticket off a movie set. Megan was booted from the third "Transformers" installment "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
There's a lot of speculation about what exactly transpired. Fox's representation denied that she was fired and that it was her decision to leave the franchise. However, Bay eventually admitted that none other than the acclaimed Steven Speilberg gave him the advice to fire Fox. Talk about dirty directors!
Not a Fan of Authority
Fox, from an early age, never gelled well with being told what to do. Her outspokenness became particularly apparent when she was in the eye of her fame storm between 2007 and 2009. In an interview with "WhoWhatWear," Megan stated, "If you tried to push me in a certain direction, I would go the opposite way."
She recalled being instructed by her team to dress in a "glamorous" way before meeting screenwriter Diablo Cody (of "Juno" fame) to discuss a potential role. Instead, Fox dressed down in a pair of skinny jeans and a Motley Crue t-shirt. Stick it to the man, Megan!
2009 proved to be an iconic year for Megan's film career, even if audiences and critics didn't know it at the time. Her leading role as Jennifer Check — a flesh-eating demon cheerleader, in the horror-comedy flick "Jennifer's Body" — has earned her critical and audience praise over the years for her portrayal of the off-beat character.
The film is a textbook example of a sleeper hit, meaning that while it bombed at the box office when it was initially released, it's since gained cult-classic status. The film and Megan's role have even been heralded as feminist icons given the strong female-empowerment undertones depicted in the film.
Despite having been in the spotlight for a few years, when she got the call to host "Saturday Night Live (SNL)", the iconic sketch comedy show, she initially didn't want to accept the hosting gig. Turns out that Fox isn't actually a fan of appearing live in front of a large audience. Despite her trepidations, she hosted the show in 2009.
She got to flex her comedic muscles and did the show proud! If you haven't watched out the "Flight Announcement" sketch and you're in need of a good chuckle, we recommend you check it out! Fox hilariously nails the southern bell flight attendant trying to keep her passengers calm.
There seems to be a correlation between the very public "Transformers" fallout and Megan's reclusion from the spotlight. Many say that blockbuster producers were hesitant to hire her following the backlash, but Fox has also said that she equally wasn't eager to get back into making movies just yet.
So while it seemed that she was pushed out of the spotlight, she also voluntarily took a step back to reflect on what she wanted from life.
Wild Wild West
There's no doubt that the 2010 western/superhero flick "Jonah Hex," will go down as one of the least liked films of the decade.
Megan played Tallulah Black, the protagonist's love interest. Fox was advised to not even watch the film given the harsh critique she received. It would only be years later that she would watch the film and see it in a softer light than her critics.
Music Video Maven
In 2010, Megan starred in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna's mega-hit song "Love the Way You Lie." The video has amassed over 2 billion views on YouTube and further cemented Fox in the pop culture zeitgeist. The video portrayed a troubled relationship between Fox and Dominic Monoghan.
Megan later donated all of her earnings from the video to Sojourn House, a women's shelter in Ontario Canada.
Fox and Brian Austin Green eventually got hitched in 2010 in Hawaii. On a sunny day and in front of sea-salty waves, the pair said their vows.
The ceremony was intimate, with Green's son from a previous relationship being the only guest in attendance.
Stepping Up as a Step-Mom
Megan was fully invested in her relationship with Brian, even taking Kassius, Brian's son from a previous marriage, under her nurturing wing.
Brain gushed, "She's an amazing stepmom. My son loves her. They have a great relationship. She's always had a special bond with him."
Her Favorite Role?
What may be surprising to some, is that Megan's favorite film that she's been a part of is "Jennifer's Body." Despite its initial lackluster performance at the box office and lack of critical acclaim at the time, Megan stood by the film's unconventional subject matter and its feminist undertones. It's a project she remains the proudest to have been a part of.
Fox was also pleased to be a part of the all-female project, in that the film's screenwriter, director, and lead characters were all women. This was in stark contrast to her male-dominated "Tansformers" experience.
Fox has been a comic-book fan since she was little. Taking inspiration from her older sister's love of "X-Men" comic books, Fox formed her own love for the "Gen13" series.
That love never dwindled and has led her to even create her own comic books now and again. Fingers crossed that she decides to publish them!
Out and Proud
Megan is a proud member of the LBTQI+ community and has always been open about her sexuality. In a 2009 interview with Esquire magazine, she confirmed that she identified as bisexual.
In a June 2021 Instagram post, she displayed her rainbow-colored nails in support of Pride month and captioned the photo "Putting the B in #LGBTQIA for over two decades."
Fox recalls stylists often trying to hide her body and her sensual nature so she would be taken "more seriously" in Hollywood — a frustrating double standard that Megan has since pointed out.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Fox made it clear that she doesn't think there's anything wrong with being regarded as sexy or sensual, however, the problem is that she's found that the focus on her appearance "muted out the rest of who I was."
More of an Introverted Insect Than a Social Butterfly
Ironically, despite having millions of fans worldwide, Megan admitted to having a smaller circle of friends than most. She's made it clear that she doesn't feel lonely and that she's more than happy with not being a social butterfly.
Megan being proud of her introverted nature has certainly set a self-love example for her fans out there who may also find an introverted life is more their style.
This Is 40
In the 2012 Judd Apatow Film, "This Is 40," audiences finally got to see a more comedic side of Megan. While the film was praised for its humourous yet accurate portrayal of a couple navigating the trials and tribulations of marriage, the uncomfortable objectification of Megan's character Desi (an escort) has since been criticized.
Model, feminist, and, author Emily Ratajakowski condemned how Fox's character was handled, saying that the "movie is not aging well."
First Green Fox
On the 27th of September 2012, Fox and Green had their first son together, Noah Shannon Green.
While Noah is still young, he's already developed a strong fashion sense, even rocking a dress now and then. We're sure Noah can rock whatever outfit he wants to!
Megan's Second Born
Megan welcomed her second child, Bodhi Ransom Green, with Brian on the 12th of February 2014.
Megan was influenced by Bhuddasim when it came to picking a name for her son. The name Bodhi signifies "enlightenment" in the Buddhist belief system.
Megan, Michael, and Mutants
Who knew that a few giant turtles in masks were all that was needed to heal the rift between Megan and "Transformers" director Michael Bay? Megan took on the lead (human) role in Bay's 2014 take on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
She played April O'Neil, a reporter who later befriends the mutant turtles. Before anyone could say Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo, Fox was back in the blockbuster spotlight!
The New New Girl
Finally, Fox got the chance to really flex her comedic muscles when she was cast as Regan in the humorous hit show "New Girl."
Megan was initially hired to fill the gap that Zoey Deschanel left while she was on maternity leave, however, Fox stayed on for two more seasons due to her popularity with fans.
No More Intimacy?
Sometimes, life can be just as dramatic, if not even more, than teen shows like "90210." This might be especially true when you're married to one of the original stars of the classic hit show.
In 2015, Fox aired out some dirty, or shall we say, clean laundry when let everyone know that there's no more intimacy left in her marriage. But with two children and busy schedules, can you really blame the two?
In 2015, Megan decided it was time to put her Beverly Hills romance with Brian Austin behind her. But, after she had already filed for divorce, she learned that she was pregnant with yet another child.
By the time the year 2016 came to a close, Megan was back at home and it seemed like maybe these two could make it work and find their happily ever after.
Third Time's a Charm
Megan and Brian's third son, Journey River Green, came into the world on the 4th of August 2016.
As the youngest of an already rambunctious Fox/Green bunch, he's certainly got quite the journey ahead of him, so the name is quite fitting we think!
Motherhood had a profoundly positive impact on Megan's life. She believes that giving birth to her sons gave her life a sense of purpose, even equating raising her children to "fertile soil."
She's explained that motherhood has "given me the ground that I needed to grow into something quite special."
Fox refers to herself as a "liberal and lenient" parent. She's explained that she doesn't want to place too many restrictions on her children and would rather they feel comfortable being honest with her as opposed to hiding their behavior.
However, she puts her foot down when it comes to her youngsters and screen time. She has a firm stance against giving her kids access to smartphones and social media.
April O'Neil Is Back
After doing such a great job as the spunky journalist April O'Neil in 2014's live-action installment of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," she was asked to reprise her role in 2016.
While the film didn't get the critics too excited, it was still liked by fans. And hey, how many of us get to say we played such an iconic character twice? To hell with the critics!
Going Down Under?
Nowadays, it is hard to find a celebrity who doesn't have their own brand. Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, and queen Rihanna to name a few, have make-up brands. Megan went in a slightly different direction. Instead of starting a whole new brand, which could be more of a hassle for the mom of three, she opted for a Collab.
She teamed up with Frederick’s of Hollywood and Forever 21, and in 2018, her underwear line was sold in both stores.
Ancient Archeology Admirer
While it may come as a surprise to some, Fox has a keen interest in all things archaeological, anthropological, and ancient.
From a young age, she was bitten by the curiosity bug, cultivating a passion for the world's wide spectrum of people and cultures. She credits her exposure to the ancient Egyptian ruins while filming the second "Transformers" flick for rekindling her childhood interest in ancient worlds.
Misdirection-Legends of the Lost
In 2018, inspired by her lifelong curiosities, Megan took a big leap into a completely new arena. From actress to amateur archeologist! She co-created and starred in "Legends of the Lost" a four-part documentary series that aimed to unravel notable historical mysteries and misconceptions.
Unfortunately for Fox, the show was met with heavy criticism. The archaeology community blasted the show for portraying unfounded facts and promoting "pseudoarchaeology." Well, we still applaud Megan for breaking the boundaries of a Hollywood actress.
Who knew that the box office bomb and heavily criticized film "Jonah Hex" would have such a positive impact on Megan's life? Not us and certainly not Megan! While on location in South Africa for "Rouge" in 2019, Megan decided to watch "Jonah Hex" for the first time after being warned against doing so.
She realized that critics had been unreasonably harsh about the film and her performance. In an interview with "InStyle" magazine, she revealed that it was at that moment that she decided to no longer let fear and public opinion of her dictate her life. She went on to say, "I came home, and my whole life changed."
After almost separating from her husband in 2016, Megan ended up sharing three more years with him and their three adorable children. Hopefully, they were relatively good ones, but we doubt that was the case, as they ended up divorcing for real in 2019.
While it was the right choice for them, we are sure it came with a lot of heartbreak, as is often the case.
In 2020, Fox aired her grievances in an interview with "Refinery 29" about the negative impact the spotlight had on her life thus far. She said that the constant criticism and attention made her feel like she was living in a "self-imposed prison."
As one of the few stars who had been so candid about her experiences in the entertainment industry, she is regarded as a trailblazer for speaking her mind and calling out the media for their mistreatment of her.
Fox Gives Back
Throughout her time in the spotlight, Megan has always been one to channel her fame and fortune into worthy causes and charities.
Most notably she's contributed to and supported US veteran-related organizations,"#Fight4theAmazon," and "Stars 4 Smiles."
Looking to the Stars
As Megan has matured over the years, she's found peace and meaning in meta-physical spiritual practices such as shamanic work, crystals, and energy healing.
Fox is also an ardent follower of Astrology, the belief that celestial bodies have an impact on our lives and behaviors. She's been known to be astute at reading and interpreting astrological charts, including none other than her newest love...
Rumor Has It...
The first time Megan Fox laid her eyes on Machine Gun Kelly was on the set of "Midnight in the Switchgrass" we can only assume she really liked what she saw. After Fox finalized her divorce from Brian Austin Green, rumors about her and Colson Baker (MGK), started circulating around the entertainment capital of the world.
A month later, the two confirmed they were indeed dating. As you can imagine, the announcement made global headlines, and fans of the actress and the musician praised the pair!
Before Megan, Kelly Felt Lost
The two shared some details about their first interaction and their first date. It sounds like their connection was a lot deeper than you'd maybe have excepted. Megan asked him how he was feeling, and he replied that he felt lost.
She then answered, "Well, let’s find you." Their meet-cute could warm the cockles of even the coldest of hearts!
Was There an Overlap?
After Fox and Baker announced they were indeed together, many speculated that Megan started seeing him before she ended things with her ex-husband.
Her ex-husband Brain, however, came to her defense saying that the two had broken up when she started seeing Kelly. He also added that he doesn't want people to assume that Fox and Kelly were the villains and he was the victim because that wasn't the case. We love some healthy post-breakup behavior!
Nothing shows that a musician is serious about his girl more than featuring her in a music video. This is exactly what Machine Gun Kelly did when it was time to shoot a video for his hit song “Bloody Valentine.”
Megan didn't merely make a cameo in the video, she was the star of it! You gotta love a man who knows how to step back and let his woman shine.
He Wrote a Song About Her
Being linked (in this case quite literally) to a musician comes with pros and cons. Having a beautiful romantic song written about you and then played to the masses? Definitely a pro! MGK's 2022 album "Mainstream Sellout" featured a song he wrote about Fox, called "Twin Flame."
How romantic! We really hope these two stay together forever, as one of the cons of dating a musician is the potential diss tracks he can write about you after you've broken up.
Love on Social Media
Machine Gun Kelly, AKA Colson Baker, and Fox are certainly social media-savvy.
Both of their Instagram pages are filled with loved-up photos of the pair. We hope they keep sharing their love story on social media since nothing brightens the day as much as bearing witness to true love!
A Bloody Necklace???
While everyone enjoys supporting the cozy couple, the two have been known to share things they maybe should have kept to themselves. One example is that in 2021, Colson said he has a necklace given to him by Megan, that he likes wearing.
So far so good, but the jewelry contains her blood! He said he likes having her DNA on him at all times, it makes him feel closer to her when they are apart. Aww, that's...sweet?
With stylist Maeve Riley as her fearless fashion guru by her side, Megan went through a momentous style transformation in 2021. Her outfit choices became bolder and more fashion-forward. Now more than ever she's using her style as a form of expression in an industry that had previously tuned her out for many years.
Riley and Fox's most notable looks so far have been the show-stopping dress Fox wore to the 2021 VMAs as well as the pink power suit moment from the 2021 iHeartRADIO Awards red carpet.
Met With Praise at the Met
As a first-time attendee at the 2021 MET Gala, dubbed "fashion's biggest night," Megan was understandably anxious. However, she didn't let her nerves get the better of her and she killed her MET debut. With stylist Maeve Riley at the helm, Megan rocked an intricately beaded firey red dress by designer Dundas.
In keeping with Megan's slightly spooky interests, she told red carpet reporters that her look had been inspired by none other than Bram Stocker's "Dracula." With her appearance at the event, Megan cemented her vampy yet chic mark on the fashion map.
In 2021, Megan made a movie comeback with her starring role in the thriller "Till Death."
She plays Emma, a woman who has to fight her way out of a plot to end her life. The film and Fox's performance were met with critical acclaim, which has caused some film buffs to regard her performance as the start of a "Megan Fox renaissance." Here's hoping!
She Loves Harry Potter!
Looking at Megan, you might get the wrong impression about her. While we all make judgments on people based on how they look, or also, based on the roles they play, you should know there's always more to a person than their outer layer. For Fox, it's her love of a certain magical series that has a special place in her heart.
She's a proud "Harry Potter" fan. While she loves both the novels and the films, she has been candid about her favorite one! Drumroll please...her favorite installment in the franchise is none other than "The Prisoner Of Azkaban!"
New Famous Friends
One of the benefits of a new relationship is getting a whole new circle of friends. When you date MGK, those friends include Blink 182's drummer Travis Barker and his wife, Kourtney Kardashian.
Megan and Kourtney have proudly posted their growing friendship all over social media, to the delight of Fox and Kardashian fans around the world.
Megan's newfound place in the fashion world was further solidified by starring in a 2021 "Skims" campaign (Kim Kardashian's shapewear and loungewear line) alongside friend Kourtney Kardashian.
Kim cleverly used Megan and Kourtney's famous friendship to promote her fashion line. Good thing she ignored the advice of not mixing business and friends!
Megan on Motherhood in Hollywood
During an appearance on the "Kelly Clarkson Show" in 2021, Megan called out the entertainment industry for being "unforgiving" towards working moms.
She opened up about the challenging experiences that showbiz moms face. Fox detailed the pressures she's dealt with stemming from having to get back into pre-pregnancy shape very quickly and feeling guilty about taking time off to be with her children.
They Got Engaged?!
In January of 2022, MGK and Fox got engaged. Megan gushed about how much she adores him in an interview, saying that she feels like he is the reflection of her soul!
Listen, we are not 100% sure what she means, but it sounds both poetic and romantic! Fox believes that it was fate that brought the two together as she couldn't have imagined someone who'd be more perfect for her.